Conservative Action For Non-Partisan
Good Works and Great Causes
The #GORIGHT MOVEMENT requires its members to be activists to bring about changes in our country and Government. American’s can no longer sit back and be “Lounge Chair whiners” or “Do nothing cheerleaders” Americans can make “GREAT CHANGES” when we all become “ONE LOUD VOICE” the more we “RECRUIT” into this group, the more powerful we become as a VOICE OF CHANGE!!!
This is NOT a Republican or Democrat Movement, Rather it is a PRO-PATRIOT, FREE PEACEFUL SPEECH, EQUAL RIGHTS, NON-DISCRIMINATING, GOD LOVING, Supporters.
The #GORIGHT Movement is a Conservative Movement that uses Conservative Ideals in order to do Non-Partisan Good Works and Great Causes and Intentions.
Together We Will
WE ARE THE FIRST EVER MOTIVATED, AGGRESSIVE, SPONTANEOUS, GO-GETTING, GO DOING, ACTIVIST/ADVOCATES FOR CHANGE TO MAKE AMERICA THE GREATEST NATION IN THE WORLD!!! WE DO NOT TALK ABOUT IT!!! WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!
In answering “YES” to these questions you have told us,
I am sick and tired of Government Representatives who are NOT IN OFFICE for the people, and WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE THAT!
I am sick and tired of seeing our CONSTITUTION SPAT ON AND NOT OBEYED!!!!
I AM SICK AND TIRED OF OUR OFFICIALS WHO ARE BREAKING THE LAW AND NOT PAYING FOR THEIR CRIMES!!!!
I am sick and tired OF FEELING I AM NOT BEING HEARD!!!!!
I am sick of being silenced and held captive by Fascist/Communistic cornered markets like YOUTUBE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK!!!!.
I am sick and tired of my TAX dollars going to anyone else but the Patriotic “AMERICAN CITIZEN” who suffer in OUR NATION!!!
I AM SICK OF GOOGLE AGGRESSIVELY DEFINING HISTORY AND FORCING OUR CHILDREN LEARNING A FAUX REALITY!!!
I am sick of those who are unjust and are not punished for those crimes
I am sick of electives who lie to us and bear no consequences to their lies
I am sick of the BIAS Legal system of our highest forms of law, FBI, DIA, DOJ…
I am sick and tired of those Americans who have COMPLETELY GONE, PSYCHO!!!!
I am sick and TIRED of those who HATE AMERICA yet WON’T LEAVE!!!!
I am sick and tired of those who COMPLAIN ABOUT AMERICA but SIT AND DO NOTHING TO CHANGE IT!!!!
IF answering “YES” to all of these questions and your excited to be part of a group MOTIVATED TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT!!!
WE WELCOME YOU!!!!
We want to make this very clear to ANY AND ALL TROLLS who have nothing else to do but troll Patriotic groups and spread your hate!
We want to make this completely clear! This group is not for those just to CHEER ON THE WORKERS AND DOERS, yet do nothing, or, THE LOUNGE CHAIR WHINERS, Complaining about the Politicians who do nothing or the President they do not like. There are plenty of Pro-President, Pro-Patriot, Pro-Lack of Motivated groups so you can chit chat, whine, and cheer on our President. This group has been formed in one thing in mind!
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We understand, “The only way to change is if THE CITIZEN demands it!
We understand everyone has a job and are busy in their daily lives, #GORIGHT Administrators are willing to go the distance to make anything we ask you to participate in is relativity simple and not time-consuming, but we require, all those who have answered “YES” in joining this group, to keep their promises!
We do not ask members to travel a great distance, if you are not able to participate in an event, due to distance, there are other methods we can use your help by,
* SPREAD THE NEWS!!! It may take some time but if we could get to “100 THOUSAND MEMBERS” of “MOTIVATED PATRIOTIC ACTIVISTS” We could make changes in this country faster than any movement in history!!! If you are tired of feeling overwhelmed by thinking YOUR VOICE is worthless… WE CAN CHANGE THAT NOW!!!
* Members of your friend’s list may not be in our group but you can still get the important messages out to your friends!!! Post the important messages to your friend’s list!!
* SHARE OUR GROUP TO OTHER GROUPS!!! If you belong to other groups on FB, Twitter, or any other multimedia groups “Tell them about us and let them know we are always looking for new motivated members!!!
* YOUTUBERS: WE WANT YOU!!!! SUPPORT PRO-PATRIOT YOUTUBERS Especially those in our group!!! Members of our Group who are YOUTUBE Hosts, let us know who you are. We ask members to support them by “SUBSCRIBING TO ALL OF THEM” and by LIKING ALL OF THEIR POSTS, Even if you do not have time watching them!!!!
These people spread THE TRUTH to many watchers. We want ALL OF OF THESE YOUTUBERS IN OUR GROUP TO MAKE OUR GROUP EVEN STRONGER!!! It is a WIN-WIN… These Youtubers are MONETIZED having plenty of Members and Likes, and #GORIGHT has a LOUD VOICE TO BE RECKONED WITH!!!!
*PATRIOTIC CANDIDATES: WE WANT YOU!!! For all candidates part of our group, we ask that you contact Group Admin and Mod’s so we know who you are. IF your message is one our group can get behind WE WILL SUPPORT YOU!!! The more candidates who become part of this group members can rest assured, WE ARE BEING HEARD!!!
WIN-WIN, We support these new voices in our Government knowing they are going to Washington “WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE AND NOT THE MACHINE!!!” Members of this group will support them by spreading their message, gathering people, in the area, to attend their events and any other methods of help they require.
* WE ASK MEMBERS TO GIVE WHEN THEY CAN!!!! Small Monitor donations supporting Patriotic events or candidates, needed to promote their election or support their events. We would rather members spread the wealth by smaller donations so we help as many causes as we can. When our group hits 100 Thousand members, a $2.00 donation means $200,000 dollars!!!! “A lot of a little GOES A LONG WAY!!!”
* SUPPORT BY PATREON OR PAYPAL: Many of those who have made a life of “MAKING AMERICA GREAT” do this as a full-time job!!! THIS IS THEIR WORK!!! We ask those members, who have the funds to do so, to support those who have given their lives to this cause! If you like their message or support their cause please support them through Patreon. If you are not able to afford a monthly obligation, Please reach out to them and ask them for their “Paypal” account so you can send them, what you can, when you can. It’s our way to say THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATRIOTISM!!!!
* SEND IMPORTANT MESSAGES VIRAL!!!!!! If we find a message which needs to go viral, we need our members to SPREAD IT FAR AND WIDE… If each member in this group sent out a message to all of the members in your friend’s group, WE COULD EVENTUALLY REACH EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY!!! “SPREAD THE WORD!!!”
* Any manor of support to persons or members of this group who have come here seeking help for their campaign! We have, for too long, failed our fellow PATRIOTS who have “STEPPED UP” to do the job NONE OF US HAVE TIME OR WILLING TO!!! We MUST support them in ANY MANNER WE ARE ABLE in order that they succeed!!!
There are many methods members of this group can support “MOTIVATED PRO-PATRIOT ACTIVISTS” Sharing their messages, Joining their groups and spreading their message! Sending small monitory donations, like their posts, connect with them and give suggestions or ask what you can do for them. TAKE THEIR MESSAGE VIRAL!!!!
* FOREMOST: Are you willing to check in the group often and either RESPOND TO POSTS or LIKE EACH POST of Members, Admins, Youtube hosts, Electives or Candidates part of this group?
* Are you willing to participate, as needed, in pro-activist callings within the area they reside if called upon.
* Are you willing to post messages we feel needs to go “Viral” to as many people as you can get the message out to?
* Are you willing to Subscribe, Like, and Listen to *YOUTUBE PATRIOTS,” who are members in our group understanding “Without” spending a dime, you help these people $$$ by simply subscribing, clicking to watch, and liking all of their videos. It costs you nothing and it supports them to continue what they are doing.. Besides you may learn some very interesting talking points! This in turn, brings “STRONG VOICES” and “TRUE ACTIVISTS” to our group helping us spread the word about the #GORIGHT Movement MAKING THIS GROUP a powerful voice in our Government!!!
* Are you willing to support any and all members running for Government officials who are needing your support either activism, word spreading, or monitory support? Understanding these members can make our voice stronger!
* Are you willing to “Do what you can, in your means” to send small donations to events, and or, Political support any of those people who’s message touches you and you feel will make our Nation stronger and More Secure?
* Are you willing to write your Congress and Senators during crucial issues #GORIGHT deems important to our national well being.
* Are you willing to use #GORIGHT actively in your messages, whether it be, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, etc in order to spread this word far and wide?
* Are you willing to support ANY MEMBER of this group who is willing to go out and do the work we are unable to do by connecting with them asking of what you can do to help?
* IT IS TIME WE CLEAN UP!!! We can not depend on “the Left” helping or supporting their most needy of their people! It is up to those who are truly Loving and Godly people to help our fellow man! #GORIGHT Founder and Admin have been heartbroken to the deplorable conditions of places like Baltimore, Detroit, and other places in our nation. As our group grows we will be calling upon members to help in clean up efforts, Feeding of, building, painting or other methods to help these struggling areas with whatever we can do for them.
IF WE CALL, and you are within the area needed of help are you willing to give of your time. We know we can no longer trust our Government to care about the most needed, it is up to all of us to do WHAT IS RIGHT AND GOOD!
* Activism works in two ways… If you do not have the time or events are too far to participate, there is always support in donations or spreading the word to others nearer the event or “AGGRESSIVELY” Posting about the event or cause! Are you willing to do one or the other in order to make sure all of these PATRIOTS have what they need to be successful!
ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN OUR GROUP
We don’t care what political party you belong or don’t belong do we just want you to be willing to do great things for a better tomorrow.
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The #Libra Association has announced it’s planned for a simple global currency and financial infrastructure.
Find out more https://libra.org/en-US/
The #Libra Association is today announcing plans for a simple global currency and financial infrastructure. Find out more https://t.co/VPS7LllcNn #blockchain #cryptocurrency pic.twitter.com/mdHymhsrcH
— Libra (@Libra_) June 18, 2019
The Libra Association was initially composed of a handful of large firms, but PayPal Holdings has since severed ties with the project.
Though it seems that even though PayPal may have stepped out of the picture, Facebook is now taking that place. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify before the House Financial Services Committee over the platform’s plans to implement its own digital currency. Sources close to the matter this week said Zuckerberg will be the only witness at the hearing later this month.
Though online currency makes people feel uneasy pure and simple is due to the unpredictability and the wild market cycles of similar currencies like Bitcoin. This makes Global regulators wary of how digital currency will impact the financial system. The Libra currency was created to boost e-commerce and advertisements within Facebook with plans to release the cryptocurrency in 2020, but a number of factors may halt the company’s progress. The real concern is that Facebook has data on billions of people and has repeatedly shown a disregard for the protection and careful use of this data it is also agreed that Congress and regulators have the opportunity to examine the consequences of what happens if Facebook creates such a currency.
Moving money around globally should be as easy, cost-effective and even more secure than sending a text message or sharing a photo — no matter where you live, what you do, or how much you earn. https://t.co/Eea4vMKYlv #Libra #FinancialInclusion #blockchain #cryptocurrency pic.twitter.com/WXw9Rypxmj
— Libra (@Libra_) June 20, 2019
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New Border wall in ‘smuggler’s gulch’ is working according to CBP agents
Justin De La Torre stated a steep, open canyon between San Diego and Tijuana has been used for decades by immigrants to smuggle drugs into the U.S. from Mexico.
“It has an anti-climb feature, it’s made of steel, it also has a concrete base that prevents digging from underneath, and now we’re able to control this area with the new infrastructure.”
According to California Border Patrol agents, new infrastructure in an area known as “smuggler’s gulch” is making a difference.
President Trump moved to replace the fencing along the San Diego border earlier this year as his administration sped up moves to build taller, stronger border reinforcement.
“This is a smart, strategic, see-through steel barrier — not just a simple concrete wall,”
said the president.
“It will be deployed in the areas identified by border agents as having the greatest need, and as these agents will tell you, where walls go up, illegal crossings go way down.”
Numerous wall construction projects are underway across the Southwest border, including projects in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. — CBP (@CBP) August 25, 2019
Beto O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman whose district includes El Paso, said earlier on Sunday that he believes Trump is a white nationalist and likened the president’s language to that of Nazi Germany’s
Ryan, a congressman from Ohio, was speaking on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” just hours after a gunman in his home state left nine people dead and dozens more injured when he opened fire on the streets of downtown Dayton’s popular Oregon District. It was the second mass shooting in the country in less than 24 hours, following an attack by a gunman in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart that killed 20 people and left scores injured there.
“We’ve got to do something,” “I’m calling on the president and the Congress to come back in session…let’s do the work in Washington. Do the background check bill that we passed out of the House. We’ve got to ban these assault weapons.”
“Let’s be very clear about what is causing this and who the president is,”
O’Rourke said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“He is an open avowed racist and encouraging more racism in this country.” “This is ridiculous,”
he said. “
Honestly for a guy to drive 10 hours to go kill Mexicans like what happened in El Paso is sickening and I think the environment around anti-immigration, the race issues that are so polarizing today that the president throws gasoline on has got to stop.
”Ryan lumped much of the blame for the shootings on President Trump and the “environment the president has created in the United States.”
“This cannot be open for debate and you, as well as I, have a responsibility to call that out to make sure the American people know what is being done in their name,”
“He doesn’t even pretend to respect our differences or understand we are all created equal. He is saying some people are inherently defected.”
2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Tim Ryan on Sunday called on Congress to immediately head back to session to pass a background check bill for those seeking to buy firearms and called for a ban on the purchase of assault weapons. Ryan added:
“We’ve got to bring this country together, we’ve got to heal and it’s got to start at the top. The president needs to take a leadership role in this, he’s got to stop being so divisive, he’s got to stop tipping his hat to the white nationalists, and sometimes overtly to them, to where he’s talking to some crazy guy who’s going to drive 10 hours to shoot Mexicans.”
Ryan is one of a number of Democratic presidential hopefuls who have singled out Trump’s divisive rhetoric and tough stance on issues like immigration as part of the reason why these recent mass shootings have occurred.
Lewis said that he experiences a “large amount of open in your face racism” in Pennsylvania. He specifically mentioned one instance when he allegedly observed a white man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and dawning a swastika tattoo on his arm walking by his house while he was sitting outside with his children. “Needless to say I was shocked. In my 48 years on this Earth, that was the first time I’ve ever seen that,” Lewis said. The post has been shared more than 600 times and liked more than 1,600 times as of Friday morning. “Went to Walmart rocking my Make Racism Wrong Again gear! Lol! So many dirty looks. A couple of compliments. One thing I’ve learned about living in Western Pennsylvania. It is one of the most racist places I’ve ever lived,” Lewis wrote above a photo of himself smiling. Jamal Lewis, 48, posted a photo of himself wearing a matching “Make Racism Wrong Again” black hat and T-shirt in front of his home in Pittsburgh. The motto, which parallels President Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan “Make America Great Again,” received a mixed reaction from shoppers at Lewis’ local Walmart, he said in a July 27 post. The Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the civil rights group Nation Action Network, urged Republicans in Congress to public condemn Trump’s tweets. Several Democratic lawmakers traveled to Baltimore amid the controversy to see what living conditions were like in the Maryland city.
MARYLAND MAN ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED FOR WEARING MAGA HAT SAYS IT WON’T STOP HIM FROM PUTTING IT ON AGAINA
Pennsylvania man went viral for wearing “Make Racism Wrong Again” apparel to his local Walmart.
President Trump was accused of being a racist following a nasty feud with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. Trump responded to Cummings’ recent criticism of conditions in detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border by accusing the black congressman’s predominately African-American district in Baltimore of being “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
A Pennsylvania man went viral for wearing “Make Racism Wrong Again” apparel to his local Walmart.
Lewis said that he experiences a
“large amount of open in your face racism”
He specifically mentioned one instance when he allegedly observed a white man wearing a
“Make America Great Again”
hat and dawning a swastika tattoo on his arm walking by his house while he was sitting outside with his children.
“Needless to say I was shocked. In my 48 years on this Earth, that was the first time I’ve ever seen that,” Lewis said. The post has been shared more than 600 times and liked more than 1,600 times as of Friday morning. “Went to Walmart rocking my Make Racism Wrong Again gear! Lol! So many dirty looks. A couple of compliments. One thing I’ve learned about living in Western Pennsylvania. It is one of the most racist places I’ve ever lived,”
Lewis wrote above a photo of himself smiling. Jamal Lewis, 48, posted a photo of himself wearing a matching
“Make Racism Wrong Again”
black hat and T-shirt in front of his home in Pittsburgh. The motto, which parallels President Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan
“Make America Great Again,”
received a mixed reaction from shoppers at Lewis’ local Walmart, he said in a July 27 post. The Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the civil rights group Nation Action Network, urged Republicans in Congress to public condemn Trump’s tweets. Several Democratic lawmakers traveled to Baltimore amid the controversy to see what living conditions were like in the Maryland city. President Trump was accused of being a racist following a nasty feud with Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. Trump responded to Cummings’ recent criticism of conditions in detention centers along the U.S.-Mexico border by accusing the black congressman’s predominately African-American district in Baltimore of being
“a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”
A federal judge on Thursday rejected four motions from former Trump associate Roger Stone contesting his indictment on obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and other charges, adding that Stone has “no one but himself to blame” for having to stand trial in November. Jackson concluded Stone was not targeted for political reasons, noting that 11 other individuals were indicted by Mueller’s request for making false statements to Congress. In order to prepare for trial, Jackson also ruled Thursday that Stone’s lawyers would be allowed the see the “bulk” of the redacted material in Mueller’s report, CBS News reported. That information was previously withheld as not to affect ongoing prosecution of the case, Jackson said. The redacted statements will not be made public.
In a 56-page ruling Thursday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote Stone had
“no one but himself to blame”
for his indictment, clearing the way for his trial to begin as scheduled Nov. 5. Stone filed four motions to have his indictment scrapped, arguing that he was unfairly singled out during former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election due to his outspoken support for President Trump.
The judge also noted other Trump associates and family members who were not indicted after Mueller’s investigation despite their very public conservative views and open support for President Trump, Politico reported.
Stone was accused of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying to Congress under oath in an effort to mislead the House Intelligence Committee and the FBI about alleged dealings with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election, Politico reported.
“When he chose to take credit for the WikiLeaks release and to tantalize the public with hints that he had inside information about more to come, he chose to place himself directly in the vortex of the issues that became the focus of multiple law enforcement, counterintelligence, and congressional investigations,”
Presidents aren’t required by law to release their tax returns. Nevertheless, between 1974 and 2012, every president but Gerald Ford has made a voluntary release of the tax returns they filed while in office. Ford released no complete returns, but released 10 years of summary data including gross income, taxable income, major deductions, and taxes paid.
This tradition of voluntary tax return disclosure ended in 2017, when President Trump declined to release any personal tax information. Trump has offered various reasons for keeping his returns private, but he has frequently insisted that he won’t make a release while his returns are being audited by the IRS.
Since 1977 the Internal Revenue Manual has required that every tax return filed by a sitting president or vice president be subject to an audit. According to IRS officials at the time, the new policy was established “in the interest of sound administration” and in light of “everything that has happened in the past.”
While Trump may be unwilling to release presidential tax returns currently under audit, that’s a prudential decision, not a legal one. There’s no legal bar to releasing returns that are under examination. In fact, every president from Jimmy Carter through Barack Obama released tax returns that were “under audit,” since those returns — generally released publicly within hours of being filed with the IRS — were slated for automatic audit under the IRM.
Not exactly. Typically, presidents have released tax returns that they filed while actually holding office. That means the first return filed and released by a new president has covered the year before his inauguration. Similarly, returns covering the last year of a president’s final term haven’t typically been released since they were filed after that president had left office.
Typically, presidents have released tax returns that they filed while actually holding office. President Bill Clinton is the exception to that rule, since his joint returns filed after his presidency were then released by Hillary Clinton when she made her 2008 bid for the Democratic nomination.
The tradition of voluntary tax return disclosure began with a scandal. In 1973 journalists discovered information suggesting that President Richard Nixon had taken large, hard-to-defend deductions on his individual tax returns. After months of media speculation (based chiefly on documents that came to light in an unrelated court case), someone at the IRS leaked information from the president’s returns confirming that he had paid just $792.81 in federal income taxes for 1970 and $878.03 for 1971 — despite having an income of more than $200,000 each year.
To help quell the ensuing uproar — which occasioned Nixon’s oft-quoted insistence that “I am not a crook” — the president decided to make a public release of his tax returns for 1969, 1970, 1971, and 1972. That tax disclosure was the first made by a sitting U.S. president. (While running for president in 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower disclosed a few key elements of his tax history, but no complete returns.)
Ford, Nixon’s vice president, didn’t release complete tax returns after taking office in the wake of Nixon’s resignation. Ford released a nine-year summary of his tax data when running for president in 1975 and 1976. But starting with Carter, every president through Obama has made an annual disclosure of the tax return he filed during each year in which he held office.
The archive includes returns disclosed by every president from Nixon through Obama, with the exception of Ford. (Since Ford released only summary tax data, the archive includes a summary.)
The archive doesn’t include any complete presidential tax returns filed by Trump, because he has opted not to release them. However, it includes Trump’s Form 1040 for 2005, which was leaked to the DCReport.org website and later published widely. In a statement, the White House confirmed the accuracy of key figures from this 2005 partial return.
The archive includes returns filed by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman. Those returns weren’t released during either president’s lifetime, but were later made available by their respective presidential libraries.
The archive includes returns filed by Vice Presidents Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, and Mike Pence. For Cheney, all but one of the returns (filed jointly with his wife) are incomplete, consisting of only a Form 1040. In 2001 the Cheneys released only a press statement summarizing their 2000 return. Returns filed by Pence were released while he was running in the 2016 election. Because Pence has released no returns since taking office, the last return available in the archive is for 2015. Like Trump, Cheney has cited ongoing audits as an explanation for his refusal to release later returns. Returns filed by Vice Presidents Walter Mondale, George H.W. Bush, and some by Al Gore aren’t in the archive. The returns, however, were publicly released by those officials while they held office. They are unavailable now, and we hope to add them to the archive eventually.
For primary candidates and major party nominees, we have returns (or return portions) covering the 2012, 2016, and 2020 election cycles.
The number of returns released by presidential candidates varies widely, from a low of zero (Donald Trump) to a high of 33 (Jeb Bush). There is no “typical” or “standard” number of released returns, since disclosures have varied dramatically even within an election cycle.
Even the number of returns released by major party nominees has differed widely.
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George H.W. Bush
George H.W. Bush
George W. Bush
George W. Bush
|Sources: Contemporaneous media coverage; Julie Jennings, “Memorandum: Federal Tax Returns Disclosed by Selected Nominees for President and Vice President Since 1916,” Congressional Research Service (Jan. 30, 2019); Ryan Kelly, “Chart: Presidential Candidates’ Tax Returns,” Roll Call (Oct. 21, 2016).|
Disclosures have also varied considerably in their completeness. While all major party presidential nominees through the 2012 election released complete (or nearly complete) returns, several candidates in 2016 chose to release only their Form 1040, omitting other required elements of their tax returns, including various schedules and forms.
The voluntary tradition of tax return disclosure — by candidates, nominees, vice presidents, and presidents — was strong until 2016. President Trump’s decision to keep his tax returns private was the most serious challenge to this tradition, but it wasn’t the only one. The decision in 2016 by several candidates in both parties to release incomplete returns was a break with the usual practice of full disclosure. Moreover, while numerous candidates opted for a partial release in 2016, Cheney had already set a precedent for limiting annual disclosures to just a Form 1040.
Whether Congress can compel disclosure of presidential (and vice presidential) tax returns remains to be seen. A law enacted in 1924 empowers key leaders of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees to request tax return information from Treasury, including individual returns filed by just about anyone. Such a request doesn’t necessarily involve public disclosure of the requested information, and indeed, the law requires lawmakers to treat that material confidentially. But the law also gives lawmakers a procedure for making that information public should either committee decide, after a formal vote, that disclosure is warranted.
The Ways and Means Committee is seeking tax returns filed by Trump, as well as returns from several of his businesses and related audit and administrative materials developed by the IRS. To date, Treasury has declined to provide that information, and the standoff seems likely to find its way to a courtroom sometime soon.
The law requires lawmakers to treat tax return information confidentially. But the law also gives lawmakers a procedure for making that information public should either committee decide, after a formal vote, that disclosure is warranted.
In a related development, the House passed legislation in March that would require presidents, vice presidents, and major party nominees for both offices to publicly disclose 10 years of tax returns. The legislation is awaiting action in the Senate.
Tax Analysts maintains the largest database of publicly available tax returns released by American national politicians.
In theory, tax returns released by specific presidents and vice presidents should be available in the various presidential libraries scattered around the country. In practice, it can be difficult to retrieve those returns, because their sensitive nature often causes them to be flagged for special security screening. Getting that screening done can take considerable time, given staffing shortages at presidential libraries.
The story for candidate and nominee returns is even worse. Because those returns have typically been released by campaigns, not government agencies, official archiving practices don’t apply. Some released returns can still be found online through various news organizations, which occasionally host returns on their own websites.
For the most part, however, candidate returns tend to disappear from public view once the voting is done; technically public, they become effectively private.
“I believe that we in the United States Congress should start impeachment proceedings. Immediately,” he said, adding: “The politics of this be dammed. When we look at history at what happened when the president started acting like an authoritarian. The question is what will we have done? And I believe the Congress should do its job.” “I just want to make sure whatever we do doesn’t end up with an acquittal by [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell in the Senate and President Trump is saying he was acquitted by the Congress. I belief we have a moral obligation to beat Donald Trump. He has to be a single term president. And we can’t do anything that plays into his hands.” But Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet was more cautious.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said “It’s obvious the president committed the crimes worthy of impeachment.” Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who has said her Justice Department, if elected president, would go forward with obstruction of justices charges against Trump, was the first to elaborate. “We all watched the testimony [former special counsel Robert Muelle], I read the report,” she said. “There are 10 clear incidents of obstruction of justice by this president and he needs to be held accountable. I have seen people go to prison for far less.” Sen. Corey Booker of New Jersey agreed. Former Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development also was in favor of punishment. “I was first of candidate to call on Congress to begin impeachment proceedings,” he said, adding: “I believe that the evidence is plain and clear. And if it goes that far, you’re likely to see a prosecution of Donald Trump.” The progressive Democrats on the stage Wednesday night for the second round of debates among presidential candidates were all in favor of tossing President Donald Trump in jail.